A gasp is the sound made by a sharp inward breath. After running up a steep hill, your breath will come in gasps.

When you make the sound of a gasp, you gasp: "It was so surprising to see my lost cat sitting calmly on the front porch that it made me gasp." People tend to gasp when they're shocked or hurt. A "last gasp" is the moment just before someone dies — it can also mean the point of completing or ending something: "It was the last gasp of video stores in my city when that one closed."

Definitions of gasp

n a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

“she gave a gasp and fainted”
Type of:
aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

v breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

heave, pant, puff
Type of:
exhale hard

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